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my favorite poems

Tuesday, August 07, 2012

this was my favorite poem when I was a kid:

A Dream Deferred (by Langston Hughes)

What happens to a dream deferred?
Does it dry up like a raisin in the sun?
Or fester like a sore--And then run?
Does it stink like rotten meat?
Or crust and sugar over--like a syrupy sweet?
Maybe it just sags like a heavy load.

Or does it explode?
when TCM shows "A Raisin in the Sun" I always remember the Langston Hughes poem. I think it's the only one I know by heart.

in middle school and high school, I was more interested in Edgar Allen Poe. Every year when the bluebirds start builidng their nests, I think about "The Raven". We have bluebirds gently tapping on all the windows at the office for weeks. So I have to read "The Raven" again.

amazing how stuff you loved as a kid comes back to you so easily!


Member Comments About This Blog Post:
JOYCECAIN 8/8/2012 11:24PM

    Love this. I just watched Raisin In The Sun, this morning. I like Langston Hughes. I will have to get to town and stop at the library to get his poetry. I live in the country, I don't get out much, nothing available. When I had my own apartment, before I came hefe to help my sister, I had my own books. I miss that. Thanks for stopping by my blog. I am just tired of living with my sister. 11 more months.

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CHICCHANTAL 8/8/2012 1:59AM

    This is my fave verse from my fave poem, the Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam

One Moment in Annihilation's Waste,
One Moment, of the Well of Life to taste --
The Stars are setting and the Caravan
Starts for the Dawn of Nothing -- Oh, make haste!

Live for the day.

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BRENJET 8/7/2012 9:31PM

    Love Langston Hughes!! Thanks so much for blogging this. Made me smile to read his poetry again!

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